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Friday, December 12, 2014 8:00PM


A Christmas Carol


Tickets: $20 General Admission*
Prices include a $3.00 per ticket Facility Fee

The Granada Theatre Presents
Based on Charles Dickens' own performance script

Performed in the McCune Founders Room

INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE CO. (ISC), producers of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, presents A Christmas Carol With Charles Dickens. In his lifetime, Charles Dickens was recognized not only as a great writer, but as an actor. His greatest successes on the stages of Britain and the United States were his solo performances of his own work. (Women were known to faint in horror at his portrayal of Sikes murdering Nancy when he performed Oliver Twist.) One of the first pieces he presented to great acclaim was A Christmas Carol.

In what has become a holiday tradition, ISC re-creates (with a little artistic license) the experience of a public reading given by Mr. Dickens himself. Based on the novelist’s own adaptation, A Christmas Carol With Charles Dickens is performed by ISC co-founder David Melville as Charles Dickens, playing nearly every character in the story with musical accompaniment and dramatic interjections by a young American actress.

This is ISC’s tenth year presenting A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens. Says David Melville, “It’s humbling how many people return every year to see it and that they’ve made it their Christmas tradition. What’s unique about it is that because it’s presented by Charles Dickens, you hear Dickens’ narrative as he wrote it rather than as a dramatization that leaves his voice out of it. It contains a surprising amount of humor and his attitude towards his characters is perhaps not as sentimental as you might think. But it’s always moving because it’s about an act of forgiveness and redemption.”

The performance is full of the acting pyrotechnics Dickens was famous for as the two actors conjure a magical evening full of wry humor, ghosts, romance, and redemption.

A Christmas Carol With Charles Dickens
Based on the acting text of Charles Dickens, adapted by David Melville and Melissa Chalsma
Directed by Melissa Chalsma

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